About the Beads of Courage® Program The Beads of Courage® Program is a resilience-based intervention designed to support and strengthen children and families coping with serious illness. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that they receive to honor and acknowledge each step of their treatment journey. The program has been designed to honor everything a child goes thru from diagnosis to completion of treatment. Each bead representing "I DID IT" and a constant reminder that they are strong and they can do it again tomorrow!
Outcomes-Every bead tells a story of Strength, Honor and Hope Ongoing evaluation of the Beads of Courage® program indicates the support helps to decrease illness-related distress, increase the use of positive coping strategies, helps members find meaning in illness, and restore sense of self in those coping with serious illness. The program also provides something tangible the member can use to tell about their experience during treatment and after.
"Beads of Courage are a tangible part of my daughter's story of tragedy to triumph. Her strand is not complete but on the days when she feels weak she can hold them and see how much she has conquered through and weathered. When I am feeling overwhelmed, I hold them, too, and am reminded of how much our family has fought thru together. They aren't just pretty beads- they are a living growing documentation of her fight to health, a life-line. We draw strength from them. It also means we aren't alone, that others can recognize all that my child has gone through and her fight." Mary
About Beads of Courage, Inc. Beads of Courage, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization committed to strengthening resilience and promoting the well-being of children coping with serious illness, their families, and the clinicians who care for them. Beads of Courage, Inc. achieves its mission through the development and implementation of innovative Arts-in-Medicine programs. www.beadsofcourage.org
Beads of Courage graciously acknowledges the support of Chai Lifeline and Integrity Ingredients for establishing the program. Your support is appreciated to help cover costs of ongoing progam bead refills.